Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lock's Purple Patch Thanks to Perfect Comic Timing ; REVIEWS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lock's Purple Patch Thanks to Perfect Comic Timing ; REVIEWS

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Sean Lock The Lowry AMAN who has trademarked meandering monologues, comedian Sean Lock is now celebrated rather than squinted at with befuddlement for his whimsical and sidewinding wit. A regular on panel shows QI and 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Lock seeks out laughs in probable places via improbable curveballs.

What seems like a banal starting point, say a gag about osteopaths or blasphemy, can go one of two ways: into a flurry of insight or a cleverly woven web of surreal humour (in the case of these two topics, into 1970s wrestling and mythical beasts). Occasionally the two comic conclusions collide although, despite the psychedelic title of his latest show, Purple Van Man heads off into nonsense less often than Lock's regular crowd might expect.

Less often, but not never. No amount of digging into the history of stand up comedy, for instance, will reward you with a linchpin joke about a backwards-facing centaur - never mind one that jumps from script to physical sketch on either side of the interval. …

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